Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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Western Kentucky hired Indiana State CB coach Maurice Crum to serve as LB coach.

Crum, a former Notre Dame linebacker, was on staff with Kansas from 2012-2014. In 2015, he accepted a job as a graduate assistant with the Irish. He then moved on to coach Indiana State's corners during the 2016 campaign. Now, onward to Western Kentucky, where he will work under newly-minted HC Mike Sanford Jr.
Jan 10 - 6:16 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Western Kentucky has hired Boise State passing-game coordinator Junior Adams to serve as offensive coordinator.

The Hilltoppers continue to forge a coaching staff under new head honcho Mike Sanford, who replaced Jeff Brohm, who took the open head-coaching position at Purdue. Adams had served as Boise State's WR coach over the past three seasons and took on passing-game coordination duties for the past season. In 2016, he helped guide QB Brett Rypien to a 3,646-yard season.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 03:15:00 PM

Western Kentucky hired Oklahoma director of high school recruiting Steve Spurrier Jr. to serve as QB coach.

Spurrier Jr. initially landed with Oklahoma last winter, eventually settling into a role as director of high school recruiting and offensive specialist. Prior to joining the Sooners, Spurrier Jr. had served on the staff of former South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier for 11 years. As the name would indicate, Spurrier Jr. is the son of the Ol' Ball Coach.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 03:40:00 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 20-of-30 passes for 336 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Tuesday's 51-31 win over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl.

No Jeff Brohm, no problem for the Hilltoppers, who shrugged off their head coach's jump to Purdue without losing a step. In Tuesday's victorious Boca Raton Bowl showing, White connected for touchdowns in each of the first three quarters. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder has been a magnificent statistical performer this season, throwing for 4,363 yards with a 37/7 TD/INT ratio over the course of 14 games.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 06:53:00 PM

Western Kentucky caught nine passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in the school's 51-31 win over Memphis.

It was a quiet day for Taylor, which is saying something. The receiver creates a big play in practically every game he suits up for. We absolutely love Taylor's game, and he will be on full display in Mobile, AL for the Senior Bowl.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 08:58:00 AM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior RB Anthony Wales rushed for 245 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries in the school's 51-31 win over Memphis.

Wales was the dominant force in this game and concluded his fantastic final season on a high note. He added another 84 receiving yards in this contest. Wales went from backup to starter this year and impressed anyone who watched him. We have not seen Wales' name pop up for an all star game, but his talent just adds to the depth of this running back class.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 08:35:00 AM

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reports that Western Kentucky will hire Notre Dame OC/QB coach Mike Sanford to fill their head-coaching vacancy.

Sanford initially joined Notre Dame's staff as offensive coordinator last February. He spent the previous season serving in that same capacity for Boise State. He now takes the head-coaching gig previously held by Jeff Brohm. Brohm was hired on at Purdue earlier in December. This past season, Sanford's Notre Dame offense averaged just over 30 points a game in what rapidly devolved into a lost 4-8 2016 campaign.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 05:51:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Western Kentucky redshirt senior T Forrest Lamp's ability to "sit and slide" makes him a difficult obstacle for the opposing pass rush.

Reuter fired up his mid-2000's movie knowledge in assessing the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder. Noted the analyst, "NFL scouts that haven't watched much of the Hilltoppers could only say only one thing after their Conference USA championship victory over Louisiana Tech: I love Lamp." Cute, very cute. More substantively, Reuter writes that Lamp's bend technique "helps him anchor both against bull rushes and move his man in the run game." He could rise as high as the second round in this spring's draft. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote earlier this month that Lamp has "been on a straight shot north up draft boards" during the 2016 campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 05:42:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ballparks Western Kentucky senior WR Taywan Taylor "in the third-round range."

In Saturday's Conference USA title game win over Louisiana Tech, Taylor caught seven passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder boasts a 89-1586-16 line and has 220 catches the past three seasons. He plays like John Brown. "At 6-0, 195 pounds, Taylor isn't a prototypical No. 1 wideout, but he has soft hands and shows burst after the catch," Kiper wrote. "He also tracks the football as well as any draft-eligible receiver."
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 02:04:00 PM

Western Kentucky named Nick Holt interim coach.

Formerly the defensive coordinator and associate head coach, Holt gets the interim promotion in the wake of Jeff Brohm's move to Purdue. ESPN reports that Western Kentucky will look at Troy coach Neal Brown, Idaho coach Paul Petrino and Western Kentucky co-offensive coordinator Tony Levine as permanent replacements.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 12:23:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior WR Taywan Taylor caught seven passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 58-44 win over Louisiana Tech.

Taylor is up to an 89-1586-16 line through the end of the regular season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has been one of the sport's most productive receivers over the last two years. We've picked up some John Brown wafts coming off him.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 04:13:00 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior RB Anthony Wales rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries in Saturday's 58-44 win over Louisiana Tech.

Oh, that's not all. He also caught six balls for 68 yards and two scores. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound redshirt senior finishes the regular season with 1,361 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground and 27 catches for 254 yards and three more scores.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 04:10:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Western Kentucky redshirt senior OL Forrest Lamp has "been on a straight shot north up draft boards" this season.

Pauline writes that Lamp entered the current campaign as a potential street free agent, but might have wormed his way into the Day 3 conversation through his consistently solid play this season. Of the 6-foot-4, 300-pound redshirt senior, Pauline wrote that he "blocks with solid fundamentals and does a great job protecting his passer." Pauline sees his best NFL fit coming at guard in a zone-blocking scheme. Some analysts are thinking even higher than Day 3, with ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. tossing out the second round as a summit that could be reached should a team fall in love.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 07:36:00 PM

Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp accepted his invite to the Senior Bowl.

ESPN's Mel Kiper sees in Lamp "a little bit of Brandon Scherff." A four-year starter, Lamp has been a stalwart left tackle for some prolific offenses. "He has good feet, is a sound technician and is very alert, which means he sees blitzes and senses stunts ahead of time. These traits are why I think he's ready to play immediately in the NFL in 2017," Kiper wrote. "Lamp is in the second-round range right now, and I'm excited to see how he performs against better talent in the Senior Bowl."
Source: Senior Bowl
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 05:38:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper says Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp "reminds me a little bit of Brandon Scherff."

Scherff was a stud left tackle at Iowa but became an elite guard for the Redskins. Lamp is a stud left tackle at WKU who scouts project, ala Scherff, as a right tackle or a guard in the NFL. "He has good feet, is a sound technician and is very alert, which means he sees blitzes and senses stunts ahead of time. These traits are why I think he's ready to play immediately in the NFL in 2017," Kiper wrote. "Lamp is in the second-round range right now, and I'm excited to see how he performs against better talent in the Senior Bowl." Lamp will play in the Senior Bowl.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 01:02:00 PM


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